Cinnamon Rolls à la The Great Pumpkin, #SundaySupper

Like cinnamon rolls, The Great Pumpkin of Peanuts cartoon fame adds sweetness to the Halloween season. In the midst of howling ghosts in Haunted Houses, this Ninja Baker craves a bit of comfort. How about you?

Great Pumpkins: Ready to be transformed into pumpkin cinnamon rolls!

Hats off to you if you celebrate scary ghouls and spirits with gusto. You’ll feel right at home at this week’s #SundaySupper at Twitter where all things Halloween will be showcased. (Scroll down for event details.) Our host is Kathia of Basic 'n Delicious (who has got the cutest Spooky Cookies on her site.)

Just as Linus had high expectations for the arrival of The Great Pumpkin who would generously give gifts to children around the world, I anticipated an abundance of brown sugar and spice in the pumpkin cinnamon rolls I baked for this Halloween. 

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Although not perfectly uniform in shape, I was not disappointed. (Like the Peanuts cartoon characters, I expect future Halloweens will hold more perfect visions of The Great Pumpkin.) Rich aromas filled the kitchen. Soon after, sticky bites of maple glazed pumpkin cinnamon rolls filled my mouth. Sugary goodness lingered on my lips. Nobody was looking…But, I managed to remain a grownup and refrained from stuffing myself. I did lick my fingers though!

The pumpkin cinnamon rolls recipe is mostly from one of the reigning princesses of the food blogosphere, Bakerella . I substituted maple flavored agave for sugar, amped up the butter and adjusted a few other items. (Next time I might add a bit more pumpkin, too.)

Maple glaze drizzles down the sides of a pumpkin cinnamon roll.

Do you have a favorite recipe featuring pumpkin and cinnamon? I’d love to feature your sweet or savory goodie at

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Glaze

Cinnamon, pumpkin, maple agave and syrup are the stars of these baked goodies. Baked bits of brown sugar and butter nestle soft rolls. The recipe is adapted from the Bakerella blog.


For the dough:

  • 3 cups Japanese bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup maple flavored agave
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin

For the filling:

  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1½ tablespoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup organic pure cane sugar

For the maple glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons milk

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, stir the milk, maple flavored agave and butter together. Cool for about 3 minutes. Add the yeast.

Sift the flour, salt and spice into a large bowl. Pour into the bucket of the bread maker. Add the liquids with the yeast along with the egg and pumpkin.

Set the bread machine to white bread, dough only. The bread will rise quite a bit and you may need to punch it down at the very end. (As I opened my machine, the dough automatically deflated.)

On a floured board, roll out the dough into a 12 x 18 rectangle.  Slather with the softened butter, sugars and cinnamon. Roll up from the long end. Cut into 16 to 18 sections. Place into well buttered 8 inch baking pans. Cover and keep in a warm spot for 30 minutes.

Bake in a 375-degree oven for about 20 minutes.

Whisk the ingredients for the glaze until smooth. Drizzle the maple glaze onto the rolls. Serve hot or cold. They are delicious both ways!

For more pumpkiny Halloween treats:
21 Ways to Savor a Grownup Halloween
Trick Your Kids and Treat Yourself to a Lovely Halloween

Happy Halloween recipes from the Sunday Supper party:

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Wishing you great happiness and the arrival of The Great Pumpkin in your backyard.

The Ninja Baker

© ™ Watkinson 2012

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